I just finished watching the season 2 finale of “Being Human” on BBC America. It was miles better than the season 3 finale of “True Blood.”
“Being Human” hasn’t gotten off track (yet) with heaps of new characters and subplots. It still focuses mostly on the three supes: Vampire Mitchell (the smoldering Aidan Turner, who could rival any hottie on “True Blood”), ghost Annie (the beautiful and perfect Lenora Crichlow, whom I loved in “Collision” on PBS) and werewolf George (adorably nerdy Russell Tovey and his ears, which deserve separate billing).
The show is about the three 20somethings — who share a home in Bristol, England — trying to live normal lives despite being who/what they are in a world mostly unaware of their existence. (Unlike “True Blood,” where vampires have “come out of the coffin.”)
“Being Human” is darker and less slick, visually, than “True Blood.” The whole thing seems shot through a drab, almost sinister blue lens. There’s some humor, but not like the one-liner-happy “True Blood.” It’s not campy and it’s nowhere near as bloody or sexy.
But it feels more real and visceral than “True Blood” or “Twilight” or “Vampire Diaries” or anything else out there. Part of this is due to the gritty, bare bones filming techniques, part from the setting, part from the writing and a great deal from the earnest, believable acting.
I’m especially impressed with Lenora Crichlow, whose warm, witty, vulnerable and lonely Annie deserves her own show.
Now that Mitchell is a real bad boy — no more Mr. Nice Vampire — he’s sexier than ever. Aidan Turner has charisma to spare and it’s put to good use as an angry blood-sucker. I could listen to his voice forever. George is the heart of the show as the kind of normal, nerdy guy who works in every office in every city in the world. He wants to live a normal life, but the whole werewolf thing keeps getting in the way.
Apparently they are going to do some kind of U.S. remake to air on “Syfy.” (I refuse to put that ridiculous new name in anything but quotes.)
I guess British accents aren’t good enough for American cable, except for BBC America. (And yet everyone I know loves British accents and thinks they’re sexy. So what gives?)
Remember how they remade “Death at a Funeral” just a couple of years after the British original? They are remaking the Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In” for Americans and also doing American versions of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series.
Why? Why can’t we listen to English with other accents or just read subtitles? Or — heaven forbid — learn languages beyond English?
The remakes are invariably inferior. (Remember how the UK remade “Friends” as “Coupling” then we decided to do our own version of “Coupling,” which sucked?)
Anyway, I recommend “Being Human.” It’s not campy junk food like “True Blood” (and I say that with perfect love) or embarrassingly insipid like “Twilight” (and I say that with perfect sincerity).
I don’t know that I love “Being Human” more than “True Blood” yet, but after the disappointing TB season 3 finale I am open to finding new outlets for my supernatural fix.